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Italy Expands Gambling and Damages the Economy

Italy provides a cautionary tale about where the ever expanding American gambling efforts are leading us: recession and a gambling addiction disaster are the end result. Italy has reached the desperation point after two decades of expanding gambling. At first… Read more

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New York Fantasy Sports Battle

A week from today, New York’s legislative session for 2016 ends. There is fantastic pressure to craft a “regulate and tax” deal to allow the games in the state with over a million players. The opponents and proponents are various,… Read more

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A new way to raise political contributions

A few legislators across the country have discovered an effective means of raising campaign donations. What they do is sponsor controversial legislation. While the legislator may lose a few donations, they tend to gain many from the true believers or… Read more

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The battle over Instant Racing in Kentucky

Opponents of expanded gambling in Kentucky have been battling Instant Racing (brand name) for over four years. On one side are the opponents including individuals, the Family Foundation of Kentucky and the Kentucky Council on Alcohol and Gambling Problems and… Read more

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Duty of care from the casino side

Though written from a gambling industry bias, Kelly and Igelman (2009) examine some of the intriguing cases involving “duty of care.” Perhaps with the exception of undisclosed out-of-court settlements, casinos and other gambling businesses have largely avoided the setting of… Read more

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Dissenting judge asserts casino “duty of care”

“It seems clear that both the casinos and the State of Indiana share a common interest in gamblers – pathological or otherwise—losing as much money as quickly as possible. One wonders if Indiana’s legislators—and more importantly, their constituents—have any qualms… Read more

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Casino giant Genting is violating the spirit of Massachusetts lobbying laws

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and now The Miami Herald have all run high profile news reports exposing how Genting, the overseas multi-billion dollar casino operator behind the proposed casino agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoags, is literally… Read more

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“They own your state”: In his own words, watch super lobbyist Jack Abramoff explain government’s failed partnership with predatory gambling

Speaking at Harvard University, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains how your state is “owned” by predatory gambling operators. He starts by explaining that “everything about the gambling industry is politics.” This aired on C-SPAN on December 27, 2011. Thanks to SPG… Read more

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Fake comments, fake supporters, all in the name of sneaking through a failed policy

Jessie Powell of Massachusetts, a citizen leader against the failed government policy of predatory gambling,  recently spotlighted testimony about how predatory gambling interests paid a viral marketing firm to post fake comments on news websites to give the appearance of… Read more

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Maine moves closer to “casino republic” status

Dennis Bailey, the talented, longtime leader of CasinosNo! in Maine, sent out the news alert below early this morning. From Dennis: Yesterday, the Maine House of Representatives bowed to the unprecedented lobbying campaign by the pro-casino forces and approved three… Read more

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Corruption at Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Yesterday, a grand jury responded to alleged corruption at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board by recommending a major overhaul of personnel and procedures at the Board and strengthened casino regulations. It also suggested dramatically reducing the number of secret meetings… Read more

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice: Casino money should not be allowed to emasculate state constitution

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer has called for a full review of the Ohio Constitution and rules that allow it to be altered, finding it hard to believe that the constitution can contain a provision allowing four casinos that… Read more

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Why predatory gambling interests spend so much money on lobbying

Over the last twenty years, there are countless examples how predatory gambling interests will spend whatever it takes to overwhelm the political process. Just yesterday, the Associated Press reported that casino interests spent more than $3 million lobbying in Massachusetts… Read more

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New Jersey bill doesn’t “reform” casino regulations – it destroys them

Below is a must-read column written by former N.J. Casino Commission member Carl Zeitz that appears in today’s Press of Atlantic City newspaper. It is a response to the push by predatory gambling interests to emasculate New Jersey’s oversight of casinos…. Read more

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Governor-elect Cuomo must act against secret New York casino scheme

The New York Times reports that lame duck New York State Governor David Paterson is near an agreement with an out-of-state Indian tribe to build a full-scale casino in Sullivan County only 90 miles from Manhattan. As is typical with… Read more

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Leaderless in Illinois

Predatory gambling profits in Illinois are in a free fall. The state already has an aggressive state Lottery, nine casinos (a tenth is on the way) and recently passed a proposal to turn bars and restaurants across the state into… Read more

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The Most Predatory Business in America Now Also Runs Its Own Coerce-The-Vote operation

When it comes to the nation’s elections and legislative process, the mantra for gambling interests has always been “Let Us Buy the Vote!” But now, in its relentless quest to legalize internet gambling and with its Initial Public Offering looming,… Read more

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Updated results from predatory gambling election measures

Here’s the latest results on key predatory gambling election measures from across America: 1) Oregon: Non-Tribal Casino Measure Goes Down To Defeat 2) Missouri: Cape Girardeau approves casinos 3) California: Richmond voters appear opposed to $1B casino 4) Maryland: Anne Arundel voters… Read more

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Give them their money back

Yesterday, Courthouse News Service’s Tracey Walsh published this must-read story from Alabama: On the heels of corruption indictments against Alabama state senators and lobbyists involving electronic bingo, hundreds of bingo players sued the Macon County Greyhound Park aka Victoryland, claiming… Read more

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Nothing sweet about Sugar House casino in Philly

Many well-intentioned media professionals write about casinos yet do not visit them frequently nor do they lose their own money inside casinos. They have little understanding of the casino business model, their “products” and “services” and their highly predatory marketing… Read more

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The voices are loud and clear from both coasts

In a demonstration how the issue of predatory gambling extends across the entire U.S., here are two must-read items from Sunday’s papers: one from Maine’s Morning Sentinel  which spotlights why casinos represent failed public policy in that state and the… Read more

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Casinos continue to bilk taxpayers

Hillary Chabot of The Boston Herald writes an important follow up story about how welfare recipients are using their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards at casinos. It follows on the heels of the recent Los Angeles Times report that found California… Read more

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Indictments Reflect Emerging Pay to Prey Political Culture

Below is the statement issued by Stop Predatory Gambling on today’s federal indictments in the Alabama gambling vote-buying scheme:   “Today’s indictments reflect America’s emerging “pay to prey” political culture. Casinos are the most predatory business in the nation and they have escaped scrutiny… Read more

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The push for more tribal casinos continues

This news article by a pro-tribal casino media source provides a window into the swirling political winds involving the intense push for off-reservation Indian casinos. Casino interests are now the biggest spending political players in America – six out of ten… Read more

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What we own is broken and it’s up to us to fix it

News about another massive public corruption scandal spread across America yesterday. This time in New Jersey. It comes on the heels of other recent corruption scandals, extreme examples of mismanagement and inept leadership from around the country including Illinois, California, Pennsylvania,… Read more

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Casino interests continue to use Native American tribes to force their way into communities

The New York Times is reporting the Obama administration has approved the Shinnecock Indians on Long Island for federal recognition on Tuesday, culminating a court battle lasting three decades and paving the way for the tribe to build a casino… Read more

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Deadbeat optimists

The Miami New Times has a terrific cover story this week portraying the business and politics around predatory gambling in Florida, all done with the government’s blessing. It is a must-read.  Within the story, the reporter described a frequent casino… Read more

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America is becoming the world’s biggest casino republic

The San Jose Mercury News reported this week that six of the top 10 largest donors to political causes nationwide were Indian casino tribes, spending a total of $160 million, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics study. The… Read more

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How much does he use and lose on electronic gambling machines?

Mobile County (Alabama) District Attorney John Tyson questioned whether Milton McGregor, who operates more than 6,000 electronic bingo machines at Victoryland casino in Shorter, Alabama, crossed a legal line when he hired a detective to recently follow a state law… Read more

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New Jersey gives casinos even more political power

The New York Times recently reported that New Jersey lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow state officials to get jobs working for firms that work for casinos immediately after leaving office. Currently, state employees and board members must… Read more

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Maine gears up for another fight against the predatory gambling trade

Predatory gambling interests turned in petitions yesterday aiming to force another referendum next year on whether to allow a casino in western Maine. Maine voters have repeatedly rejected such initiatives since 2003, when a proposal by two of the state’s… Read more

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Turning America into a casino republic

The St. Regis Mohawks of New York voted last week to stop efforts to pursue a casino in Sullivan County, a news event we highlighted. But the tribe announced Monday that its election board nullified the results after determining that… Read more

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Something for nothing schemes like predatory gambling require a lot of money to deceive voters and legislators

In 2008, nine states considered whether to replace declining revenues with money from gamblers. Voters in five states (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maryland and Missouri) supported ballot measures that expanded gambling in their states. Alaska, Maine and Ohio voters rejected their… Read more

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If the public really wanted it, the predatory gambling trade would not need to spend $32 million to remind them

A pro-casino group in Ohio reports it has spent nearly $32 million promoting a fall ballot issue that would authorize casinos in the state’s four largest cities (and there is still twelve more days to go in the campaign.) A… Read more

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The spend enough money until you win strategy

For nearly 10 years, Maine voters have defeated referendums to legalize casinos yet the predatory gambling trade continues to come back again the next election cycle to push another casino referendum. This same strategy, replicated in other parts of the… Read more

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What happens when one something for nothing schemer collides with another?

A Las Vegas casino is suing accused swindler Allen Stanford for repayment of a gambling debt of more than a quarter million dollars, according to court papers. The Bellagio Casino seeks to recover the $258,480 debt Stanford accrued in January… Read more

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